“Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? It turns out that even very brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail.
“Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even very brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer – that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others – is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.”
Heidi Grand Halvorson wrote a book on this very subject — “Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals.” I haven’t read the book, but I read the Forbes article she wrote last week on the same topic. In the article, she briefly discusses nine things that successful people do differently than most of their peers.
Of the nine, let me talk about two.
The first characteristic Halvorson mentions is specificity. In order for you to be effective at reaching your goals, you have to get good at making well-defined benchmarks.
Too often we make overly-generic goals. ”I want to make a lot of money” is not a goal; it’s a wish. How will you know when you get there? You can’t. There’s nothing to measure your progress against, either. The end result is frustration or never-ending pursuit of shadows.
Maybe you’ve experienced that before.
One popular goal-setting methodology is the acronym SMART.
So a well-thought out SMART goal really is smart. Specificity is the glue that holds the other four aspects together.
When you’re ready to get specific about what you want to achieve and what you’re going to do to get there, you’re ready to succeed.
Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
The second of the traits that Halvorson looks at in this article is seizing the moment to act on your goals.
How many times have you set a goal, and then you weren’t ready to jump on an opportunity that suddenly came up to advance toward that goal. Winners are ready to charge through any door that opens even the tiniest crack.
That means you have to keep your eyes open to notice opportunities as soon as they arise. Yes, that takes work, and sure it’s easier to take a break sometimes. But individuals that consistently reach their goals in a timely fashion
Which costs more: the fatigue that comes with persistence in pressing toward your desired endgame, or faililng to ever become what you what to be?
Carpe diem! Seize the day, and keep seizing each opportunity, every day until you accomplish your goal.
Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
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About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.
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